DC, Microwave and Optoelectronic Characterization of YBa2Cu3O7-x Nano-Scale Thin Film Structures
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The nonlinear electrodynamic characteristics and presence of vortex dynamics in pseudo 2-dimensional microbridges make them attractive to design novel passive and active microwave circuits. Before such applications could be feasibly accomplished, a greater understanding of the the these devices are necessary, by a complete DC, microwave and optoelectronic characterization. A cryostat design and construction is discussed including the creation of test beds for DC characterization. Coplanar waveguide (CPW) design methodology is presented and used for the creation of CPWs for microwave characterization. Microbridges and meander lines are also embedded into the CPWs for determining the microwave performance of said devices and for optoelectronic characterizations. Results are compared against accepted results from theory and simulations, introducing vortices as explanations for device behaviour. Feasibility of these devices as single photon detectors is discussed.